Fun Friday Show & Tell: Guess How Much I Love You III Quilt

debbie-with-ghmily3-quilt

Guess How Much I Love You III, the latest Clothworks release featuring the whimsical rabbits by children’s book illustrator Anita Jeram, has just delivered to our quilt shops.  Our multi-talented Clothworks employee & Shipper Extraordinaire, Debbie, had a project in mind when she spotted the new fabric in our warehouse and immediately got to work.  In just a few days, Debbie whipped up this sweet baby quilt!

ghmily3-debbie-quiltSix fat quarters from the GHMILY3 line were used to make the half square triangles, with additional border fabric and a soft flannel print for backing & binding.  Debbie followed this quick & easy beginner level quilt tutorial, and away she went– piecing and quilting her project on her home sewing machine!  A family member due with her first child will be the lucky recipient of this quilt.  Nice work and thanks for sharing, Debbie!

Be sure to stock up on the new Guess How Much I Love You III collection before it sells out.  Find a local quilt shop by visiting our online store directory.

Happy Sewing!

 

Make an ‘Elegant’ Runner in About an Hour!

wall hanging up close

Our shipper extraordinaire, Debbie, brought in this fun show & tell project made from the newly released Clothworks collection, Elegant Roosters by Dan DiPaolo.  Though not yet completed, Debbie was pleased with how quickly she could construct this pieced runner top……in just about an hour!

Elegant Roosters wallhanging

Clothworks is cross-promoting this runner pattern called Around the Block using the Elegant Roosters block print and coordinating fabrics. Head to this link to view the pattern mock-up kit matrix in these fabrics, and head to Pieced Tree Patterns for info on ordering the pattern.

Happy Sewing!

Darling Lined Drawstring Bag for your Beloved!

all my heart drawstring bags

Winter is here, the holidays & new year have passed, so what’s there to look forward to….why, Valentine’s Day, of course!  Our resident sewist Jean dropped by today with some adorable show-n-tell– these cute-as-a-button drawstring bags with contrast lining!  With Jean’s keen eye for combining cute fabrics together, these bags show off 2 of Clothworks current collections-  the Valentine-themed, All My Heart by Iron Orchid Designs, and the sweet tooth-inspired, Hey Cupcake by Dan DiPaolo.

Follow this easy pictorial step-by-step guide to make these Lined Drawstring Bags at the blog, In Color Order , here at this link.

Not only would these baggies make for wonderful re-usable treat bags for your Valentine’s sweetheart, but they’re functional too!  With plenty of outer pocket space, these bags would make a great heartwarming gift for your favorite sewist/quilter/crafter, too!

all my heart drawstring bagxoxo!

 

What’s Cookin’ At the Works: Summer Salads- Paleo Friendly!

Ted's Tuna Salad Collage

Here’s another fresh, super simple, healthy lunch recipe inspired by those hot, carefree days of Summer!  Ted, head honcho of Clothworks, provided lunch for The Lunch Club this week and served up this very Paleo-friendly recipe he entitled:  Ted’s Summertime Tuna Tacos.

Putting this lunch together went lickety-split….just 5 steps to creating this tasty, refreshing lunch!  Follow the picture collage above for the first 3 steps:

Step 1. Grab a Romaine lettuce leaf shell – if you want you can help yourself to a pretzel slider roll if you are not into the lettuce thing

Step 2.  Scoop in some fresh tuna salad (tuna, celery & olive oil mayo)

Step 3.  Garnish with tomato wedges & red onion

togarashi

Step 4.  For a little kick, sprinkle a little Japanese Togarashi — that’s ground chili pepper from the Asian grocery store  (See picture above)

Tuna Salad

Step 5.  Enjoy!

As you can see from the pic above of the lunch that I assembled, I did not go the Paleo-friendly route and added a pretzel slider bun in for added flavor and texture.

Dessert was just as healthy and easy to make, too….

SLICED WATERMELON!!!

Boy, do I love Summer!! 🙂

Watermelon

Stay tuned next week as we continue to post here on the Works  more Summer-inspired, effortless recipes to wet your palate and nourish you!

Clothworks Makes a Splash at Quilt Market!

AMB Booth 1

It’s Quilt Market time and the location this year is in Pittsburgh, PA!  The Clothworks team has worked very hard to beautify our booth at Market with some tantalizing displays of new fabric collections.  If you need a dose of cheeriness, get a load of these pics snapped at market!  The bright color selection of our debut basic line, American Made Brand solids, is sure to turn that frown upside down!!

AMB dazzling display

We’re pleased to introduce our new line of solids, American Made Brand fabric, All-American made solid fabric at Quilt Market this year.  From farm to fabric, the cotton was grown right here in the USA and processed, dyed, and cut onto bolts here, too!!  So c’mon, get happy and feast your eyes on the Clothworks Booth at Quilt Market- Booth # 1944 and 1945.

AMB booth 2

Loving these candy-colored tuffets below made up in AMB solids!

AMB Booth Tuffets

Modern quilt designer and AMB collaborator Heather Jones of olive and ollie is glowing against a backdrop of AMB solids!

AMB Booth Heather

Besides these cheerfully bright pictures of American Made Brand solids, here are a few pics of Clothworks fabric shown in the booth, made up into beautiful quilts:

Clothworks Booth 1

Clothworks Booth 3

Peg Conley looks right at home in her booth displaying her vibrant and watercolor-like interpretations of floral and garden-inspired designs.  The quilt and fabric shown in her booth pictured below is from the Clothworks line, Cultivate Your Joy.

Peg Conley booth 2

Also spotted at this year’s Spring Market is the Penguin & Fish booth.  Designer Alyssa Thomas has been collaborating with Clothworks under the Penguin & Fish name, lending her sweetly whimsical designs to our organic fabric.

Penguin & Fish booth

If you can’t make it to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh this year, we sure hope that these pictures put a smile on your face!  Enjoy!!

If you’re lucky enough to make it to Quilt Market this year, look for Clothworks in Booth #’s 1944 and 1945!  Or look for the Clothworks quilted logo shown here:

Clothworks quilt

And a reminder…starting Monday, May 19th, the AMB Blog Tour launches a 50 state tour through June 20th.  Check back here at The Works as we travel coast to coast across the USA on this virtual roadtrip highlighting some of the country’s most talented bloggers!

Fabric Built for Speed: A Revved-Up Show & Tell

scarf and jacket with Triumph logo

Would you ever consider heading out on the highway clad in fabric from a collection called ‘Home is In The Kitchen’?  I never would have thought to marry the two, but I think it totally works in this Motorcycle Scarf , shown above.

Dan DiPaolo, designer of Clothworks fabric collections Fresh Eggs & Home is in the Kitchen, shared a bit of the back story on how he opened his email one day to find this amazing picture of the Motorcycle Scarf.  Dan was approached by Matt, a motorcycle enthusiast, who asked for permission to use Dan’s fabric from Home is in the Kitchen in some scarves that he was having made up for sale at a local craft show.  Matt’s brilliant idea all began while out shopping in a local fabric shop (don’t they all!??)  near his home in Nevada.   After spotting the perfect checkered print fabric to suit his motorcycle scarf idea, he bought a bit of yardage and had a seamstress make 2 scarves:  one for him & one for his son.  The scarves were executed so nicely, he knew there’d be a market for them with the local motorcyclist crowd.  Good thing that Matt contacted designer Dan Di Paolo to get clearance to use this fabric, and lucky for us to be treated to such fun show and tell!

front view of home is in the kitchen scarf

Matt was so gracious to allow me to post about his unique scarf.  It’s not all too often to see the quilter crowd mingling with the motorcycle crowd…but, hey, what’s that old saying again– opposites attract? Kudos again to Matt for sending me some more fun pics of his Motorcycle Scarf.  One of my favorites is shown below of the scarf with the leather jacket in the ‘man-cave’- otherwise known as the garage where all the ‘guy stuff’ lives.

moto scarf in garage

Matt had this to say about his Moto-scarf creation:  “Sporting the checkered scarf lets people know you not only like all things Café racer, but you also believe in equality. We believe in not only making things in America ; we want to make them in Carson City NV , U.S.A.”   He further added this about the motorcycle culture, “In our world Ton Up and Done Up means you have done the ton (100mph) on a bike that you have built or customized. We don’t care who manufactured the bike, what country it came from, or how big it is;  it just has to be a Café racer.”  And for you folks out there who do not know what a café racer is, I’m referencing it here on Wikipedia.

And there you have it!  Clothworks Home is in the Kitchen fabric, all ‘Ton Up and Done Up’  in a scarf fit for the road!  Vroom-vroom!!

 

Speaking of hitting the open road…..

Check back with us at the Works as we’ll be making a special travel-worthy announcement soon!!!

Fun Friday Show And Tell

trip around the world 1

One of the perks of working here at Clothworks is becoming connected to a community of truly talented & creative quilters and crafters.  As Clothworks has a warehouse open to wholesale accounts, we often have a lot of local customers that walk through our door to shop it during business hours.  These folks stop by repeatedly to pick up their fabric orders and peruse the racks to see what’s new.  With time, we develop a relationship with these folks– local quilters, owners of mom & pop shops, and small manufacturers of crafty goods.  We hear about what’s trending with their businesses,  gather feedback about our fabric,  and what they do when they purchase a bolt of Clothworks fabric.  Sometimes we’re treated with pictures of the end results of their creativity, and other times we’re quite lucky to see the actual creation brought in for show & tell!!

Recently, one of our locally based customers who runs a long-arm quilting business, brought in some beautiful quilts she pieced and quilted using Clothworks fabric.  Janine, owner of Finishing Touches Quilting,  made the quilts pictured above and below using some of our Kinkame European Taupe fabrics.  You can tell Janine has a really exquisite sense of color– the neutral European Taupes look quite stunning pieced in these Trip Around the World Quilting patterns.  Upon further inspection, it’s Janine’s quilting technique that gives these quilts a dazzling look with a distinctive texture!  Would you believe that Janine free-hand quilts these intricate designs?!!  When she visited us to show off these beauties, she told me she keeps a sketch book with quilting designs for inspiration.  I don’t know about you, but I could sit for hours just taking in the beautiful movement of her quilting…it’s simply amazing!!

trip around the world 2

Here’s a great close-up picture of these quilts with the natural daylight playing up the shadows created by the quilting.

up close view of trip around the world

How’s that for some Fun Friday Show and Tell!!??

Put a tie around your finger and don’t forget– the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol 9 Blog Tour starts next week, Monday April 28th, 2014.  Check back here at the Works on Monday to see what fun will be in store, as Clothworks is a sponsor in the blog tour this year!!

 

The Wonderful Folks of the Works- Happy Retirement, Bonnie!

Bonnie- Handmade tea towel

Last week marked another milestone in Clothworks history.  Our beloved Bonnie, pattern queen and color extraordinaire, retired from The Works after 14 wonderful years of service!  As is the case with all Clothworks employees that retire, we throw a potluck luncheon and send them off in grand style!  Bonnie’s big send-off was extra special as most of the current employees (and a few Clothworks retirees) went the extra mile and made her departing gifts using Clothworks fabric.  We decided to go with a ‘kitchen theme’ making all sorts of wares: from pot holders to placemats, table runners to napkins, and so much more.  Bonnie is shown in the pic above modeling a tea-towel made by Kathleen with a fussy cut rooster appliqué  from the Home is in the Kitchen fabric line by Clothworks. All of these gifts were lovingly stitched up using the perfect fabric to compliment any kitchen, Fresh Eggs and Home is in the Kitchen, both designed by new designer, Dan DiPaolo.

Bonnie Gifts Collage

Ted, the head honcho at The Works, gave a wonderful speech about Bonnie’s contributions to Clothworks and bestowed her with his parting gift of choice- a personalized selection of fabulous books!  Bonnie loves to travel, loves her tea, loves doing the crossword, and loves great literature- and Ted followed through in sending her off with some wonderful hardbound books specific to each of these topics.  Candice, the Creative Director, made some lovely coasters and trivets using hand-dyed wool in beautiful muted colors with a polka-dot appliqué design- all hand-sewn using a blanket stitch finish.   I made Bonnie a sturdy tote bag from denim with a ‘crossword’ layout that says ‘Pattern Queen.’  I spent many a lunch break with Bonnie learning from her crossword puzzle know-how!  We will sorely miss Bonnie here at The Works!  It just won’t be the same around here without her sweet smile, quilting pattern knowledge, and eye for color!

me time- bonnie

Is it tea time already?  No….it’s finally ‘me’ time!

Best of luck, Bonnie!

What’s Cookin’ at the Works: Soup’s On!

just good chili

Is my calendar correct??!!  Does Spring officially start on March 20th?!!  For most of you living in the US, the winter has been a challenging one this year and it seems that spring is nowhere in sight with the continuous pelting of snow & ice.  That’s nothing a hearty bowl of chili can’t fix!!  This week’s Soup of the Week Club entry is brought to us again by Miryam, who previously brought us the Spicy Chicken & Hominy.  Head on over to the Seattle Times to get this simple no-nonsense chili recipe, plainly called- ‘Just Good Chili’.  Dress it up with cheese, green onions, sour cream, and cornbread.  Take a bite, close your eyes, and maybe, just maybe, you will feel the warmth of Spring hit you…or maybe that was just a bit too much Sriracha sauce!!  Bon Appetit!

Throwback Thursday: Laurel Burch Ocean Songs

Kathleen- Ocean Songs Mermaid Panel

Last week when former Clothworks employee Kathleen, stopped by the Works, she revealed another project that was almost ready for completion.  The quilting was too gorgeous to not take any pictures!!  And since this is a past Clothworks release of a Laurel Burch Design, I figured it was time to wax nostalgic about it!

The picture shown above is the panel print in the Ocean Songs line released by Clothworks many years ago.  Being the fabric enthusiast that she is, Kathleen stashed away a few panels of this magnificent mermaid design and used them to piece this quilt which will be shipped off to her niece, Tamara (lucky girl!).

I tried to capture the brilliance of this mini-quilt with my camera, but I’m afraid the pics are not as impressive as in person.  The quilting was done by Judy Irish of Wild Irish Rows Quilting.  Her free form stitching was just stunning– she followed the lines of Laurel Burch’s designs, as well as created her own stitched designs in this quilt to add another dimension.  Every time I peered up close on the quilt, I spotted another beautifully stitched design that was almost ‘hidden’ in the quilting.  Can you spot the ‘to:’ and ‘from:’ embroideries below?  Kathleen is fondly known as ‘Tia Catalina’ to her niece, Tamara.

Embroidery Collage

Like many popular Laurel Burch designs, Clothworks will often revisit and update the design.   If you didn’t purchase fabric from Ocean Songs during the first go-round, Clothworks released an update called Sea Spirits, just a few months ago last autumn.  Many of the original Laurel Burch ‘basics’ that coordinate with Ocean Songs were also brought back to coordinate with the new release of Sea Spirits, as well– the bubbleswaves, and swirls prints.   Be sure to check with your favorite fabric stockist to purchase.

Below is the full view of Kathleen’s quilt.  Pardon me for the ‘angled’ picture, but it’s still fun to look at and hopefully it may inspire you.  At the very least, perhaps it will put you in a cheerfully sentimental mood!

Mermaid Quilt in full